Consumer Product Safety

Handbook for the Prevention of Accidents Arising from Improper Use or Human Error

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  According to the accident trend analysis by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE), more than a third of accidents were caused by improper use. As these accidents have a high rate of human damages including serious or fatal injuries, NITE has published two types of handbook; one for consumersand the other for businesses, with the aim of preventing accidents arising from improper use. (2005/05/30)
NITE has revised and renamed the handbook for consumers "Mi-mamori Handbook". (2008/04/07)

For Consumers

  Handbook for consumers explaining accidents that actually occurred through improper use and specific points that the consumer should bear in mind
(Available to download free)

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For businesses

  Handbook for businesses explaining matters for consideration in relation to the prevention of accidents arising from improper use
(Available at Government Publication centers, etc.)

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Mi-mamori Handbook

  NITE analyzed the collected accident information and found that the number of accidents attributable to improper use or human error accounted for as many as those caused by product defects in design or manufacture.
 It is important to always remember that even everyday-use products are potentially hazardous.
 The handbook features sample cases of accidents that have actually occurred to date and provides advice to consumers on how to live safely with consumer products.

(Available to download free)

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Handbook for Prevention of Accidents Arising from Improper Use or Human Error (for businesses)

For the daily efforts made by businesses to supply safe consumer products

  The responsibility for accidents arising from improper use is often attributed to the consumer. However, when looking at product liability precedents, this is not always the case. It is thus essential that businesses proactively take preventive measures for improper use to reduce product accidents and secure consumer safety.
  The handbook shows specific measures as well as important points that businesses should understand with the aim of preventing accidents arising from improper use.

  • * Responsibilities of businesses in relation to improperuse
  • * Viewpoints when reviewing products
  • * What is risk assessment?
  • * Specific approach to product design to reduce risks
  • * Actions expected of businesses to place the highest priority on consumer safety
Chapter 1:
Classification of "Improper usage" and who is responsible
Chapter 2:
Viewpoints when reviewing products
Chapter 3:
Specific measures to prevent accidents arising from improper use
Chapter 4:
Organizational actions
Appendix:
Reference - Precedents and Company announcements

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